Compliance Jobs Report: March 1

The Compliance Jobs Report this week has a flurry of risk officers hired by regulatory agencies (they need the help); plus a risk and compliance reshuffle at Credit Suisse; and other moves at the VHA, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and Constellation Brands. Much more inside, and our Meme of the Week goes out to Elon Musk.

I gather these bits of information from LinkedIn, news alerts, and friends emailing me something to include. If you have a tip to pass along, email me at [email protected] or find me on LinkedIn. This report depends on people like you helping me, so send some news! Read on…

Compliance Jobs News

We start with the regulators this week, since they had a flurry of hiring news. The Securities and Exchange Commission has hired its first-ever chief risk officer: Gabriel Benincasa, previously a director at CIT and vice-chair of the bank’s risk control committee. Benincasa has a long history in operational risk management, which is what the SEC role entails. By the way, the SEC first announced this role 16 months ago.

Meanwhile, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has hired Eric Hagopian as its first chief data officer, and Sue Lee as its first chief risk officer. Both hires are only the latest in a string of personnel changes at the PCAOB since new leadership took over at the start of 2018.

In the corporate world, Credit Suisse has reshuffled a few senior executives. First, the bank named Lara Warner chief risk officer; she previously had been chief compliance and regulatory affairs officer. Warner replaces Joachim Oechslin, who had been chief risk officer since 2014; he will now serve as senior adviser on risk management. Lydie Hudson has been promoted to chief compliance officer.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals has expanded Cristiana Bardella’s role to include compliance director for Central Europe. Bardella has been with Vertex since 2017. She is already legal and compliance director for Latin America and head of legal for Iberia (read: France and Spain)..

The Veterans Health Administration recently added Tracy Bradley as deputy chief compliance officer. She works with CCO Matt Tuchow, who has been heading compliance at the VHA for two years and says they are busy “building our compliance and ethics bench.”

Constellation Brands, maker of Corona, Modelo’s, VSOP, and other beverages I consumed in college, has promoted Tiffanie De Liberty to general counsel and chief compliance officer of its wine and spirits division. De Liberty had been Constellation’s associate general counsel for trade practices since 2016.

Keith Conway has been promoted to vice president of internal audit and enterprise risk at First Tech Federal Credit Union in Hillsboro, Oreg. Conway has been with First Tech since 2007.

And in Woodbury, Minn., the Ideal Credit Union has promoted Shari Rilley to vice president of reporting and risk. Rilley previously was the credit union’s director of data intelligence and risk, and has been with Ideal since 2003.

NetEnt, an online gambling firm, has promoted Rita Claassen from due diligence specialist to business support manager.

Diebold Nixdorf Portavis, an IT services firm in Germany, has named Peter Hoppmann chief audit executive. Hoppmann previously worked at the company’s sister firm, Diebold Nixdorf, where he worked in the audit division.

Janessa Lopez has a new job as insurance compliance analyst at Katerra in Phoenix. She previously worked at Centene as a compliance specialist.


Mei Yu is celebrating one year as field compliance officer in China for SAP.

Brian Mason is celebrating five years as assistant comptroller in the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

Vendors and Service Providers

GAN Integrity has announced a new CEO: Neil Lustig, who takes the reins today. Lustig previously has been CEO of Sailthru, a marketing software firm. He succeeds Thomas Sehested, who founded GAN and had been CEO since 2015; Sehested will remain as chairman of the board.

The Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics has been confirming speakers for its 2019 annual conference happening in September. Congratulations to all compliance officers who submitted a proposal and it was accepted. Thank you to everyone else who didn’t; dedication to the profession is what matters most.

Open Req Orders

The Basel Institute for Governance is looking for a senior financial investigations specialist to work in its illegal wildlife trafficking program. Job is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Johnson & Johnson is recruiting a senior healthcare compliance manager. Job is based in San Francisco.

And we noticed this article in the San Antonio Business Journal, that USAA is looking to fill  multiple compliance jobs.

Meme of the Week

That’s all for the week ending March 1. As always — if you have a tip or want to brag about your new job, promotion, career milestone, or anything else, email me at [email protected] or find me on LinkedIn. I’m always happy to give credit to the many hard-working people here in our corner of the business universe.

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